The Family of
Casimir Weiss and
Maria Bachman




"In Loving Memory Of Those Who Came Before Us!"



Casimir

Casimir Weiss and Maria Bachman

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Family Background


Casimer is the son
of URS JOSEF WISS / WYSS.

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Maria Anna is the daughter
of CASPER BACHMANN and ANNA HOFER.



Births


CASIMIR WEISS was born 28 February 1838
in the Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland.

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MARIA ANNA BACHMANN was born 13 February 1846
in Strengelbach, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland.



Immigration


Casimir, Maria, and at least 8 of their children immigrated to the U.S. in 1879 on the ship "White Star Liner." They had to travel on the steerage, the lowest class on the ship, as it was the cheapest rate.

Their son, Henry, had to carry the chamber pot as to help pay for the fare. He had to carry the pot on a string around his neck. When people were finished using it, it was his job to throw it overboard.



Residences


After the family's arrival in the U.S. (port unknown), they settled in Grossdale, Cook County, Illinois. (A suburb of Chicago). This is where Casimir and Maria remained for the rest of their lives.



Marriages


Casimir Weiss was married twice:

(1) THERESIA RUEFI - Married 16 April 1860. She was born 28 November 1829 in Gunzgen, Solothurn, Switzerland. The date she died is unknown.

(2) MARIA ANNA BACHMANN - Married 12 November 1868 in Switzerland.


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Maria Anna Bachman was also married twice:

(1) Her first husband was CASIMIR WEISS.

(2) When Casimir died, Maria remarried at the age of 55 years to Fritz (Fred) Henze on 18 August 1901 in Grossdale, Cook, Illinois. He was 22 years younger than she was.



Children


It appears that Casimir was a very busy man. He had a total of 20 children!


Casimir Weiss and his first wife had seven children, but their names are all unknown. They all stayed in Switzerland and never immigrated to America.


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Casimir and Maria Anna Bachman had 13 children born
from their marriage, but only 12 of them are known:


1.  ROSIE WEISS

Born in Switzerland.



2.  MARY WEISS

Born in Switzerland.



3.  CAREY WEISS

Born in Switzerland.



4.  BERTHA WEISS

Born in Switzerland.



5.  RUDOLPH WEISS

Born March 1866 in Switzerland.



6.  ADOLPH WEISS

Died at a young age.



7.  FREDERICKA A. WEISS

Born 15 Aug 1871 in Strengelbach, Aargau, Switzerland.

She married Thomas A.E. Van Aldenhoven
in 1892 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

She died 29 Jan 1919 in Denver, Colorado
and is buried in Fairmount Cemetery.



8.  HENRY J. WEISS

Born 1872 in Switzerland.

He married Louise [Surname Unknown].
(See Below).

He died in 1939 in Denver, Colorado
and is buried in Fairmount Cemetery.



9.  IDA WEISS

Born 1 Dec 1873 in Kappel, Switzerland.

Ida died 30 Aug 1939 in Chicago, Illinois
and is buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Donaldson, Indiana.

She became a Catholic Nun.
(See Below)



10.  THEODORE P. WEISS

Born December 1877 in Switzerland.

He died 7 Sept 1912 at the age of 34 years.

He was murdered in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. (See Below)



11.  CASIMIR WEISS

Born in Illinois.

He died when he was only 10 or 11 years old.



12.  PETER WEISS

Born Aug 1888 in Illinois.



13.  UNKNOWN CHILD



Religion


The family practiced the Roman Catholic religion.



Deaths


CASIMIR WEISS died 28 May 1889 in Chicago, Illinois
at the age of 49 years from tuberculosis.
He is buried in Concordia Cemetery in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.


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MARIA BACHMAN died 3 January 1909 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.



Other Information


Casimir Weiss was a "Watchman" by trade.


Maria Bachman was a "Weaver" by trade.


Family tradition relates that their son, Henry Weiss, was married to "quite a character." Henry's wife, Louise, used to wear big loose skirts and would do quite a bit of shoplifting by stuffing everything in her skirt.


Casimir and Fredericka's daughter, Ida Weiss, became a Catholic Nun. She entered the "Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ" on 16 March 1898 and made her first profession on 1 August 1900 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She then went to Aviston, Illinois to help care for the aged people in the "Sacred Heart Home." In 1902 she went to the Isolation Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and remained there until her death. She was the "Mother Superior" for six years. Her name was "Sister M. Bernadette."


Their son, Theodore Weiss, was in a partnership with another man named "Kaminski." They were owners of a saloon in Chicago, Illinois. They had some sort of an argument and dissolved their partnership. Two weeks later, Theodore was murdered. He was found hanging on an iron fence at the Isolation Hospital in Chicago where his sister, Sister Bernadette [Ida Weiss] was Mother Superior.


There is a name on a cement rail at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Skokie, Cook, Illinois with the name of "C.F. WEISS." (It is possible this is the son, Casimir (Cassie) Weiss, who died at the age of ten or eleven years).


In the year of 1854, 76 people from Kappell, Solothurn, Switzerland immigrated to America. Many of them had the name of "Wyss).




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Other Surnames On My Father's Side of the Family:
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ALDENHOVEN, Thomas
WEISS, Fredericka
ALDENHOVEN, Ahazverus
MULDER, Anna
ALDENHOVEN, Abraham
SCHWAAB, Anna
BACHMANN, Casper
HOFER, Anna
GORGENS, Johan
FEDERKIEL, Anna
LOEB / LOUPS, John
(UNKNOWN )
SCHRAH
ALDENHOVEN, Bertha
SCHRAH, Fritz
LOEBS / LOUPS, Margaret
SCHRAH, Philip
WALTHER / SCHAFER, Catherina
SCHRAH, Johan
GORGENS, Maria
SCHRAH, Georg
MULLER, Anna
SCHRAG, Johannes
Maria (UNKNOWN)
SCHRAG
KINIGUNDA / CHRISTMANN?
SCHRAG, Hans
SIMON, Catherina
WALTHERS, Johannes
MULLER, (Unknown)
WEISS, Casimir
BACHMAN, Maria
WYSS / WISS, Urs
STUDER, Katharina


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